8 Chiantis — Some Fruity, Some Savory (Slideshow)

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2011 Cecchi Chianti
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2011 Cecchi Chianti
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2011 Cecchi Chianti ($10). 

Very perfumey, with flavors of light cherry, old oak barrels, and some dry-stem, savory notes. It’s a nice wine for the price, but it is a chianti for people who prefer savory, dry-herbed wines to fresh fruity ones.

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Cecchi

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2011 Placido Chianti
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2011 Placido Chianti
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2011 Placido Chianti ($7). 

Enjoyable and straightforward with bright cherry flavors, some sheltering bitters, and good acidity.

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Placido

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2011 Banfi Chianti superiore
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2011 Banfi Chianti superiore
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2011 Banfi Chianti superiore ($10). 

Lightish wine with dark fruit flavors, a few savory edges, and dusty tannins. A nice everyday wine.

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Banfi

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2008 Cecchi Chianti Classico
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2008 Cecchi Chianti Classico
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2008 Cecchi "Riserva di Famiglia" Chianti Classico ($28). 

Lots of old wood flavors and very, very savory. Light on fruit, and some nice bitters.

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Cecchi

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2010 Banfi Chianti Classico
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2010 Banfi Chianti Classico
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2010 Banfi Chianti Classico ($13). 

Quite bright cherry flavors, creamy with light tannins and some nutty tastes in the finish. A bargain.

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Banfi

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2009 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva
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2009 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva
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2009 Ruffino "Riserva Ducale" Chianti Classico Riserva ($21). 

Ripe fruits — a big wine with lots of tannins and some savory tastes. A substantial wine, and quite a nice one. My Pick of the Litter.

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Ruffino

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2008 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva
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2008 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva
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2008 Ruffino "Riserva Ducale Oro" Chianti Classico Riserva ($33). 

An inviting and fruity wine with full, warm, mellow-but-ripe cherry flavors and very light tannins with wood notes. A good sipping wine.

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Ruffino

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2010 Villa Cerna Chianto Classico Riserva
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2010 Villa Cerna Chianto Classico Riserva
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2010 Villa Cerna Chianto Classico Riserva ($25). 

Dark cherry and elderberry tastes with lots of dried herbs, wood notes, and dusty tannins. Long on the palate. A murky wine.

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Villa Cerna